Old 05-02-18, 10:10 AM
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If you used WD-40 or some other solvent to degrease your chain, you need to make sure you get that crap out of it before you lube it. Unless your chain is REALLY bad (IE: rusty), all you should need is soap, water and a good brush. Any solvent (IE: WD-40) that's still inside the chain after you clean it will just serve to break down the lube.

Personally, I keep solvents like WD-40 as far away from my bike as possible. Not only is it a solvent, but it's a water repellant, so it's hard to get off. If I really need something stronger than ordinary dish soap and water I'll break out the Simple Green, but I never use a cleaner that won't rinse off with water.
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